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Repository Searches: All, Physical, electronic

Any Alma user may search within the Alma repository and view bibliographic, holdings and item records. The main repository search types pertain to the types of inventory recorded in the selected zone.

  • All Titles: Use this search in any zone to find bibliographic records whether or not they have inventory. 
  • Physical Titles: Use this search in your institution zone only to locate bibliographic records that have physical inventory, which includes holdings and item records, as well as holdings records that lack items.
  • Physical Items: Use this search in your institution zone only to locate item records for physical inventory
  • Electronic Titles: Use this search in your institution zone to locate bibliographic records that have electronic inventory, which may include standalone portfolios and portfolios in collections. This search may also be used in the Network Zone to locate electronic titles provided by CARLI to all members.
  • Electronic Portfolios: Use this search in your institution zone to locate portfolios for your electronic inventory
  • Electronic Collections: Use this search to locate collection level records and sets of portfolios for your electronic inventory. This search may also be used in the Network Zone to locate electronic titles provided by CARLI to all members.
    • Use the Electronic Collection Name index to locate collection level records by their own name.
    • Using the Title index with the Electronic Collections titles search will retrieve collection records, matching titles may come from the collection name or from portfolios within the collection.

Specific Types of Searches

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